Following in the footsteps of Brian McDermott, former Irish International Chris Hughton has become the latest manager to rule himself out of the running to succeed Giovanni Trapattoni as the Republic of Ireland manager.
The Norwich boss has emerged as one of the favourites for the role following the end of Trapattoni’s five-year stint as manager, following the 1-0 defeat to Austria on Tuesday.
However while Hughton, capped 53 times for the Republic, believes there will be no shortage of candidates for the role, he has ruled himself out of the running by insisting he is happy in Norfolk.
“I am manager of Norwich, I am extremely happy here. We spent and invested more this summer than we ever have done. I have had support from the board here,” he said.
“I understand my name has been mentioned along with other previous players for Ireland. It is absolutely just speculation.
“I have a group of supporters who are fanatical and want this team to do well and I have the same challenges here as the supporters and the players have. I am incredibly happy here.
“There has been no official approach. We are a club I would like to think which is going in the right direction.
“There will be some very good names mentioned. I don’t know which way they will go but there won’t be any shortage of candidates.”
“I understand my name has been mentioned along with other previous players for Ireland. It is absolutely just speculation.”